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Mock drunk driving crash shows Florida students dangers of drunk driving

The penalties and consequences of a DUI charge are severe.
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    December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Driving under the influence of alcohol is an issue that affects drivers of all ages in Clearwater. According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization, a person is injured in a vehicle accident that involves alcohol about every 90 seconds. While drunk driving is an issue that affects all drivers on the road, it is a poignant problem for college students.

Consequences of college drinking

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately four out of five students drink alcohol and even those that choose not to drink still experience the effects. The effects of alcohol can extend to problems such as:
- Issues in school.
- Suicide attempts and health issues.
- Sexual abuse.
- Assault.
- Death and injury.

To reduce the effects alcohol has on college students, many Florida universities have strict alcohol policies that their students are expected to adhere to. For example, at the University of Florida, no one is permitted to give or sell students under the age of 21 alcohol. At Florida State University, any activity or event that encourages excessive or dangerous drinking behaviors is prohibited.

Illustrating the effects

Although many college students may understand that alcohol is dangerous and Florida universities have instilled policies that try to prevent it, many students are still unaware of the true consequences of drinking and driving. To illustrate these effects, the College of Central Florida recently demonstrated to students the consequences of drinking and driving by showing them a video of a mock alcohol-related crash, says ABC 20.

The video showed firefighters arriving at the scene of an accident where a drunk driver, displayed as a dummy, had wounded pedestrians and cyclists. The driver of the vehicle that caused the damage was trapped inside of the car and had to be pried out by emergency responders on the scene. The president of student activities at CFU's Ocala campus stated that she hopes this video will help students know what a drunk driving accident is really like and will make them think twice before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

Not only can drunk driving be detrimental to other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists on the road, but it can also have certain legal consequences. In the state of Florida, and all other states in the nation, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, states the Governors Highway Safety Association. Upon the first DUI offense in Florida, drunk drivers are subject to the suspension of their license for six months and up to a year upon refusal.

If you are facing the penalties of driving under the influence of alcohol, contact an attorney that can help you navigate through the legal process and fight for your rights.

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